We have gone to a local orchid show each year for the last two years. Of course I took many, many pictures. These all seem to be the same type, so I have collected them in this post. To me, there is something vaguely creepy about this type of orchid. Some look like they have tongues with veins running through them. Orchids are the largest family of flowering plants, with more than 100,000 kinds of purebreds and hybrids. About 800 new species are added each year. They are from a very ancient group of plants, and related to lilies. Vanilla comes from orchids. The largest can reach way over 25 feet high, and the smallest only 1/4 inch. There was one that lived over 100 years. All this, and their seeds are the size of dust.
"But your dead will live; their bodies will rise. You who dwell in the dust, wake up and shout for joy. Your dew is like the dew of the morning; the earth will give birth to her dead."